COLLECTION ARCHIVES DE LA MONNAIE
Opera in three acts by Alban Berg
After Frank Wedekind’s tragedies Erdgeist and Die Büchse der Pandora
Third act by Friedrich Cerha
Lulu : Barbara Hannigan
Gräfin Geschwitz : Natascha Petrinsky
Dr. Schön & Jack The Ripper : Dietrich Henschel
Orchestre symphonique de la Monnaie
Conductor : Paul Daniel
Stage Direction : Krzysztof Warlikowski
The nuptials of eros and thanatos unveil their irresistible attraction in this second opera of Alban Berg who, following Wozzeck, describes the sometimes bright and often bestial intensity of human relations. Intoxicatingly enigmatic and deadly for those close to her, Lulu’s secret goes with her unto death. From the folly of love to the humiliation of vulgarity, she incites the excess. She unhinges reality… Frank Wedekind’s work provided fertile ground for the composer to create this striking opera, considered one of the major works of the 20th century, but which remained unfinished due to his untimely death in 1935.
After his production of Médée (DVD & Blu-ray Bel Air Classiques), Krzysztof Warlikowski once again delves the innermost depths of the human psyche and chooses to tackle Lulu as a deeply moving requiem ‘to the memory of an angel’. Paul Daniel is conducted the Orchestre symphonique de la Monnaie and canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan gives a tremendous, never-to-be-forgotten account of the title role.
‘This bold, lavish new production is a genuinely fresh take on Alban Berg’s work’ FINANCIAL TIMES
‘This new production has an outstanding Lulu in the Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan‘ NEW YORK TIMES